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  1. It's one thing for the CDC to ban ships sailing longer itineraries due to public health concerns. It's another matter altogether for the CDC to become involved with how cruise lines market cruises. Someone needs to challenge this in court. It's a government overreach and potentially violates freedom of speech. "If you talk about cruises longer than 7 days we are going to shut you down". #DefundTheCDC.
    17 points
  2. Once again, keep the political talk, conspiracy theories and Canadian bacon discussion out of these threads please.
    16 points
  3. I cant list all my drinks in a day.....it would clog up this thread...its a long long list.......... But it averages around 20-25 per day, more on the first few days, less on the last few days...a couple of those are water or poweraede though.....lol........
    15 points
  4. Or at least refrain from posting the same negativity on multiple threads.
    15 points
  5. Much as I find it best to not discuss religion and politics in hostile territory, I have added "cruise industry" to this philosophy.
    13 points
  6. To always have one in my hand. LOL
    13 points
  7. My chocolate martini at the English Pub on Symphony of the Seas last February. This bartender was very good at making me drinks I never thought I'd like and having me fall in love with them (like a Blueberry Gin Fizz - I thought I hated Gin). Man, I miss him.
    13 points
  8. mattymay

    Odyssey float out..

    Photo credit: Unimedien
    12 points
  9. twangster

    Odyssey float out..

    CATS! (or Cat) Photo credit: Unknown Looks like the cat is chasing after a ball of yarn based on the float out video.
    12 points
  10. Bloody Mary for 1st breakfast Irish Coffee for 2nd breakfast VRB (vodka redbull) for the lull Long island iced tea for 1st lunch pina colada for 2nd lunch (water... lots of water) Coconut mojito lava flow for the down time Wine with first dinner beer with 2nd dinner ask bartender to surprise me before entertainment (water.... lots of water.... and more water) old fashioned gatorade sleep.... shower... repeat. CHEERS!
    12 points
  11. As a glass half-full kind of guy, I think @Matt may have accidentally provided RCG an invaluable service: a database of individuals who should ABSOLUTELY 100% NOT be involved on a test cruise due to an inability to process information and/or follow directions. I'd think Dr. Johnson, Dr. Gottlieb and the rest of the Healthy Sail Panel would appreciate dodging this entire magazine worth of bullets.
    12 points
  12. Visiting Blue Lagoon
    12 points
  13. Wake up-- I need my Diet Dr. Pepper.. They had it on Harmony in the Freestyle Machines.. If not ill drink a few glasses of coke Mid morning (1000ish) I gotta have a few Tito's Bloody Marys.. Around twoish.. I guess its Bud Light time until Dinner.. After dinner... Tito's Dirty Martinis or Tito's and Cranberry.. Depending on the night.. Maybe a few shots of Patron mixed in Last year I made the bright decision after a nap to start the Afternoon with Tito's and Red Bull.. Drank those up until dinnertime.. Around 11pm i lost my wings and crashed hard.. Couldn't find our
    11 points
  14. I enjoyed the blog also but it did not include my top saying: "I'm only _______ cruises from Pinnacle" My other favorite saying is: "Some day they will call me Super Steve!!"
    11 points
  15. You seem to have taken the position that everyone in America thinks cruises will start tomorrow. That is an incorrect assumption. We all know the restart will be a process that will take time. That process couldn't start until the CDC made their announcement yesterday. The process has begun. Royal is crewing ships today as a means to fulfil the CDC requirement for sample or test cruises. Once that is accepted by the CDC they'll move onto the next requirement. Everyone here knows this will take time and there will be milestones to complete but we all see that process is no
    11 points
  16. It is exciting news! By the way, they definitely saw my post about this and then wrote it themselves https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2020/11/19/royal-caribbean-will-finally-offer-cruises-bermuda-florida
    10 points
  17. You are aware that this is “fun post” right? One of our “rules” here is to stay on topic. If you are not contributing anything relevant to the topic at hand, perhaps move onto another thread. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/19393-dont-do-any-of-these-things/
    10 points
  18. I think it's definitely positive news. I think we've all learned at this point not to assume anything in terms of forecasting the future, but it's a step in the right direction for bringing COVID down from a public health emergency.
    10 points
  19. It's an election day miracle !
    10 points
  20. This thread just gets funnier and funnier. Best one in a long time. I too would like to volunteer. However, I think the best way to trial all of these protocols is to test them under the most severe conditions. I volunteer to captain which ever ship is chosen. The largest ship I have been at the helm is a 17.5 ft Norseboat. I have never tipped it (although I have come vey close). I honestly say I would be, by far, the worst captain in the fleet. Still, we need to have the worst conditions at sea to really stress the systems. I will be bringing along some help: Chief Medical
    10 points
  21. Hi Matt, Doesn't mention anything about qualifications. Here are some of mine, do you think these will qualify me? Bon Vivant, well versed in the English language as well as Pig Latin, able to walk and chew gum at the same time, highly experienced office worker qualified on most of the Xerox Multifunction / All-in-One Laser Printers, non smoker, non drinker before 12:00 noon, I am a professional amateur, always wading into areas that I hardly anything about and I can make sure nothing ever happens.
    10 points
  22. My girls dictate the schedule in my family. First stop is always the Boardwalk doghouse, second stop is the arcade and then it’s time to chill out on the balcony! So many great memories made on these ships!
    10 points
  23. July 27, 2019 leaving the beautiful Port of Miami on Symphony. I never would have imagined that sail away would be my last one for almost a year and a half now. The saddest part is that I don’t know even know when the dry dock ends. However, with all the losses 2020 has brought, it has brought us many hidden blessings as well. It is important to fix our eyes on the little things in life.
    10 points
  24. Where do I sign up to be a test cruiser? I can be at Port Everglades in 20 minutes
    10 points
  25. melmar02

    Your last cruise memory

    Our last cruise was Feb 7 when we took my MIL on her first cruise for her birthday. She had a couple hard years (FIL passed away, couldn't get her house sold, moving), and we really wanted this trip to be special for her. The crew really went above and beyond to make her birthday special, but my favorite memory is of her and the kids playing in the pool at Paradise Beach in Cozumel On second thought, it may be when the kids and I went to the bird aviary in Costa Maya, and came back to DH and my MIL waiting for us at Cantina Latina.
    9 points
  26. Update: Had the closing on our VA house this morning and headed south with a VERY full 26' U Haul truck ! I can't believe everything fit in there, but it did. I was even able to fit a number of my favorite Hibiscus (or high biscuits, as I call them) in there. YIIPPEE !!! Florence, SC is about 1/3 of the way so that's where we are spending the night, tonite. JAX will be the next stop tomorrow night and then on to Port St. Lucie on Thursday. We were able to secure an adequate rental home for the next year. As long as it's reasonably clean (and I am assured that it will be) I
    9 points
  27. JeffB

    Talk me off the ledge

    Try this ..... sort-of a combination of "this is not a personal attack against you" advice you got up thread and then lay out these facts on the table. Write them down and let your in-laws read them: What was described as a cruise line debacle in March 2020 by the press anxious to lay blame on the spread of the virus to something, accounted for < 0.05% of global COVID cases over the month of March. Italy, China and a few weeks later other countries in the EU followed by NYC were epic debacles where thousands of people not only got COVID but died in droves. 5 people died from COV
    9 points
  28. So glad I’m not the only one starting my day with a little Baileys in my coffee!!
    9 points
  29. @Leroyr55This is the most important piece of advice anyone can give you when selecting a new ship to try. My thinking is that any cruise/ship is a great one as long as you do your research and set your expectations accordingly.
    9 points
  30. Disembarkation morning breakfast on the back of Ovation in Sydney Harbour.
    9 points
  31. Hanging by the beach in Labadee. Can’t wait to get back and enjoy it again soon!
    9 points
  32. Control the virus, then the CDC has no say.
    9 points
  33. It sounds like the CDC actually listened to the comments submitted by the public While CDC bases its public health determinations on the best available science and not on public opinion, the willingness of the public to accept measures to mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID-19 onboard cruise ships is noteworthy. Accordingly, CDC carefully considered these comments in drafting this framework. It also sounds like the CDC actually did some due diligence and weighed other alternatives. They also account for some operators (cough cough Carnival) that have yet to su
    9 points
  34. I pulled the PDF from the CDC URL above. The Executive Summary was copied DIRECTLY from the 40 page document published by the CDC on their website. These are their words, not mine. Please stop misleading people. From the CDC website: See the attached Order (print-only) pdf icon[PDF – 40 pages] for the full requirements.
    9 points
  35. 8 points
  36. Every one has different vacation budgets, that's what is great about cruises, they can accommodate most of them. Even at $400 difference I'd want to pick my own room, at $141 (actually $170 I'm a midship guy) it's a no brainier for me. That's because I can afford it and don't like to gamble with guarantee category. If you can still afford the cruise comfortably and not have to cut out a "must do" to get the room, do it. However, if it comes at a sacrifice, think about how much time you spend in the room and if it's worth it to you.
    8 points
  37. 4ensic

    Art Auction on Anthem OTS?

    I'd prefer a pay channel of "Waiting for your tour group number to be called in the theatre".
    8 points
  38. HeWhoWaits

    Talk me off the ledge

    My gut would be to leave it alone until they bring it up again. Then you can start into the "if you're THAT concerned about the spread of the virus, why are we together this weekend?" approach. Call out the hypocrisy of over-the-top virus concerns vs. gathering as a group in confined spaces just because it's a family tradition. ***Point of fact - I tend to be a pot-stirrer when provoked, so YMMV.***
    8 points
  39. YEP!!! Life is too short. Can't live in fear. Just follow the protocols and you will be fine.
    8 points
  40. January 5th of this year had a great time on Oasis , my wife doing the zip line over the ocean . It was our first cruise with Royal and won't be our last ..hooked now
    8 points
  41. Our first cruise with Royal, Christmas 2019 on Anthem was full of so many great memories! So many pictures I could have picked but this was our first view of Anthem as we arrived at the terminal.
    8 points
  42. Emotional support elephants are not permitted to cruise.
    8 points
  43. Leroyr55

    Ship movement

    Four ships in Miami today and even one in Fort Lauderdale today. The most I’ve seen on one day in Florida in a long time. Looks like they were ready for the announcement. Fair amount of movement around St Marteen also.
    8 points
  44. You may want to re read the document again, because what Twangster posted above is verbatim to what the executive summary says, in order and in context.
    8 points
  45. A year ago today we were in Nassau, it was a gorgeous day spent touring the rum cake factory, Atlantis, the Queens Staircase and straw market on to John Waitlings Distillery, (free tastes) We wound up at Senors Frog (Grouper strips, fish tacos) Then back on board. We were supposed to be leaving on the 29th on a repeat trip. Oh well, memories of cruises past and planning for our first B2B 10/30/21.
    7 points
  46. I have family like this. I just smile, change the subject ("Look! Squirrel!!"), and then walk away (not to participate in the convo).
    7 points
  47. DT said the Covid talk would go away after Nov 4th.....he's been right...I haven't see much at all about Covid deaths and cases in the US since, even though its record setting and will continue to be I am sure with all the celebrations for Biden that the news wont criticize or call super spreader events.... As for a vaccine..I'll take any news we can get that gives us any hope or good news!!!...this seems the most promising so far out of all of them....Here in Canada, our prime minister is hopeful that first quarter of 2021 we will have vaccines rolling out...at least in limited #'s.
    7 points
  48. Oasis class ships are in a league of their own so any other class will yield a different experience. From South Florida your options will be Freedom class, Quantum class or Voyager class. Freedom class options from South Florida include Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas. Like Oasis class these ships offer broadway shows, ice skating shows, Royal Caribbean productions and other headliner shows. Quantum class option from South Florida is Odyssey. She is still being built so her entertainment options haven't been announced yet. Voyager class option from Sou
    7 points
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